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Poster: cooperway4 Date: Jan 7, 2011 4:49pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What's all the hoopla?

His research is not correct. Video-Cellar claims M is under copyright in Germany until 1 January 2047. But it's in the public domain in Germany :

And I understand the apprehension of people to accept wikipedia, but this movie was also uploaded to google video viewable in Germany as public domain.

M -
M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Moerder
109 min - Jan 8, 2007
Uploaded by Nero-Film GmbH

Four years on German accessible Google Video and this movie is considered a national treasure and the greatest German film ever made. That would be like Gone with the Wind available here on The U.S. Google Video site for four years. Without a single protest.

And I'm gonna be more apt to trust Video-Cellar's opinion over IMDB's?

The Brother from Another Planet has been public domain since 1984 because it had an incomplete copyright notice which has been verified to be the case.

The only onea trying to steal are people trying to remove these public domain films (and the downloaders of the Bleach episodes and Food, Inc.)

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jan 7, 2011 5:44pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What's all the hoopla?

I would understand the apprehension to believe wikipedia also because i just read through an entire document on the German website that did not mention the film being in the public domain. The closest it came to it was to say that they film was available to download under a creative commons license at Internet Archive. Link to the translated page

Under section 64 of Germany's copyright act the copyright in a film expires 70 calendar years after the death of the last surving credited author. That person is Fritz Lang who died in 1976. So the film enters the public domain there on 1 January 2047.

Just reviewing the original VHS release of "Brother.." more to come.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jan 7, 2011 6:49pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What's all the hoopla?

"The Brother from Another Planet has been public domain since 1984"

I am sorry, but that is impossible. Under the 1976 act, any work released without a notice had a period of five years to remedy the ommission by either including a notice in subsequent editions or by registereing the work with the copyright office. The earliest "Brother From Another Planet" could have entered the public domain would have been the beginning of 1990. But as "Brother From Another Planet" was released by Key Video on an authorised video tape as early as 1986 which included a valid copyright notice, it never entered the public domain.

Attached is a screen cap of the copyright notice as it appeared in the original Key Video release. It is in the end credits and exactly the same as it appears in the restored version:


This notice meets the requirements of 17 USC 401:

§401. Notice of copyright: Visually perceptible copies
General provisions. Whenever a work protected under this title is published in the United States or elsewhere by authority of the copyright owner, a notice of copyright as provided by this section may be placed on publicly distributed copies from which the work can be visually perceived, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.
Form of notice. If a notice appears on the copies, it shall consist of the following three elements:

the symbol © (the letter C in a circle), or the word "Copyright", or the abbreviation "Copr."; and
the year of first publication of the work; in the case of compilations or derivative works incorporating previously published material, the year date of first publication of the compilation or derivative work is sufficient. The year date may be omitted where a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work, with accompanying text matter, if any, is reproduced in or on greeting cards, postcards, stationery, jewelry, dolls, toys, or any useful articles; and
the name of the owner of copyright in the work, or an abbreviation by which the name can be recognized, or a generally known alternative designation of the owner.

Position of notice. The notice shall be affixed to the copies in such manner and location as to give reasonable notice of the claim of copyright. The Register of Copyrights shall prescribe by regulation, as examples, specific methods of affixation and positions of the notice on various types of works that will satisfy this requirement, but these specifications shall not be considered exhaustive.
Evidentiary weight of notice. If a notice of copyright in the form and position specified by this section appears on the published copy or copies to which a defendant in a copyright infringement suit had access, then no weight shall be given to such a defendant's interposition of a defense based on innocent infringement in mitigation of actual or statutory damages, except as provided in the last sentence of section 504(c)(2)

The notice alone proves that "Brother From Another Planet" (1984) is demonstrably copyright protected. All information to the contrary is incorrect.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jan 7, 2011 7:06pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What's all the hoopla?

I should also mention that, because of the inclusion of the notice, exactly as it appears in the restored edition, in the earliest published edition available to view, I do not believe that this film was originally released to theatres without the inclusion of a valid notice. Infact, I would go so far as to conclude that original cinema prints contained the same notice as appears in the Key Video and MGM DVD.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2011-01-08 03:06:22